Iran’s Regional Grand Project Wobbles

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Iran’s region-wide geopolitical project is now imperiled on multiple fronts, including at home.

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No End in Sight for South Africa’s Economic Malaise

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The latest numbers out of South Africa suggest more economic pain to come.

Finding a Way Forward in Lebanon’s Political Impasse

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Lebanon is now entering the seventh week of a socio-economic crisis that has brought the country to the brink of financial collapse. What comes next, nobody can know with any degree of certainty.

Terrorism Returns to London

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The killings of two young people during a terror attack on London Bridge have stirred up political argument in Britain. But the father of one of the victims has penned an impassioned plea, urging the press not to use his son's death to further an “agenda of hate.”

Romania 101: Lessons from a Century of Struggles and Success

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In the words of Romanian poet Mihai Eminsecu: “The light is on for those who see, not for the blind ones.”

Can Blockchain Help Rid Tech Products of ‘Conflict Minerals’?

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Distributed ledger technology is being used in efforts to remove conflict minerals from supply chains – but it doesn’t have all the answers.

The Evolving Threat of ISIS in the Philippines

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After a lull, could Islamic State rebound in the Philippines?

India’s Water Crisis: Beyond Chennai

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For India, the road to great power status is frought with critical water management challenges.

Backgrounder: China’s Arctic Strategy

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Beijing isn’t letting geography get in the way of it establishing a robust presence in the next great frontier of geopolitical competition.

Interim Period Is Make-or-Break for Bolivia

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Literally besieged from all sides, Bolivia’s unlikely new president faces an uphill battle to stabilize the country.

Brexit as a Renewal of Britain’s Geopolitical Cycle

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Far from a historical exception, Brexit is in keeping with the United Kingdom’s long-term geopolitical interests.

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